Antigua & Barbuda

Citizenship by Investment

The largest of the English-speaking Leeward Islands attracts visitors with its mesmerizing beaches of the finest white sand and azure waters. Join the celebrities who have chosen the island as a place for winter homes and neighbor with Oprah Winfrey, Eric Clapton, and many more.


The combined size of 442 square kilometers and a population of over 80,000 make Antigua & Barbuda the ninth-largest country by size in the Caribbean. The country’s economic citizenship program facilitates the comfort of visa-free travel to more than 100 countries.

Antigua & Barbuda recognizes dual citizenship, which can prove advantageous for business expansion and tax relief. Other benefits include the following:

  • Application processing within three to four months.
  • Inclusion of financially-dependent children under 30.
  • Inclusion of financially-dependent parents or grandparents over 55.
  • Inclusion of physically or mentally handicapped children living with, and fully supported by the main applicant.
  • Inclusion of unmarried sibling of the main applicant or the spouse.
  • Inclusion of a future spouse, future spouse of a qualified dependent child, or a future child of a qualified dependent.
  • No requirement to travel to Antigua & Barbuda during the application process.
  • No interview, education or managerial experience required.
  • Visa-free travel to more than 130 countries, including the Schengen zone, the U.K., Hong Kong, Singapore and more.
  • No tax on worldwide income.

Antigua and Barbuda Citizenship by Investment Qualifications

Antigua & Barbuda’s Citizenship by Investment Program was established in 2012. To qualify for citizenship applicants must fulfill one of the investment options below in addition to meeting the following criteria:

  • Be of outstanding character.
  • Hold no criminal record.
  • Have excellent health.
  • Have a high personal net worth.
  • Reside with the family members who are included in the application in the country for a minimum of 5 days within a period of five years.

Individuals born in countries on Antigua & Barbuda’s restricted countries’ list (Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, North Korea, Somalia,Yemen, Sudan) but who have migrated before the age of majority and/or have maintained permanent residence in Canada, The United Kingdom, The United States of America, Australia, New Zealand, Saudi Arabia and The United Arab Emirates for a period of not less than 10 years and maintain no economic ties to any restricted country may qualify for application.


The government adopted the citizenship by investment program as one of the mechanisms to promote economic growth, attract developments, increase foreign direct investment to the country, support the development of infrastructure and provide for a sustainable future. As a result, investors can choose from several options to qualify for the program.

1. National Development Fund Contribution or Charitable Donation

High net worth individuals may choose to make a monetary contribution of US$100,000 (up to four people), or US$125,000 (five people and more) to the National Development Fund or an approved charity. The main applicant may include a spouse and all qualified dependents, however government and due diligence are applicable for each individual included.

2. Real Estate Investment

Applicants may purchase property valued at a minimum of US$400,000 in a pre-approved real estate development area. The investment must be maintained for a minimum of five years. Property registration, processing fees and taxes may be paid in addition to the property purchase.

Until 31st October 2020, there is a Limited Time Offer (LTO); Two (2) applications from related parties can make a joint investment, with each applicant investing a minimum of US $200,000 in order to qualify. 

Callaloo Cay (Waldorf Astoria Antigua)

Callaloo Cay has signed a management agreement with Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Hilton’s luxury brand of iconic landmark hotels for the brand’s first new-build resort in the Caribbean, Waldorf Astoria Antigua.

The resort’s 95 guest rooms and 25 branded villas, including beachfront suites and hilltop accommodations, will boast breathtaking views of the bay and calming lush surroundings, providing the ideal space for a comfortable and exclusive stay. This exclusive resort sits on 36 acres of prime beach-front and offers first-class facilities that cater to discerning clients.

Half Moon Bay (Rosewood)

Half Moon Bay Antigua is the first resort and residential community of its kind in the Caribbean. An intimate new enclave on the island of Antigua, Half Moon Bay will redefine ultra-luxury in modern terms that are meaningful to today’s discerning vacation homebuyer.

Situated on 132 acres, the exclusive community is comprised of 10 premier estate parcels that will be joined by a collection of Rosewood Residences and the new 47-suite Rosewood Half Moon Bay Hotel. Architecture for the Rosewood Hotel at Half Moon Bay is a collaboration between OBMI, the Caribbean’s preeminent architects, and Studio Piet Boon, an Amsterdam-based design firm with a high profile in the Caribbean ultra-luxury space. The vision is inspired by layering the sensibilities of traditional Caribbean architecture with a modern and distinctly environmental aesthetic.

Additional properties and financing options are available upon request.

3. Business Establishment

Applicants may invest US$1.5 million to establish a business. Two or more applicants may make a joint business investment with an individual threshold of at least US$400,000 and a total investment of at least US$5 million.

4. University of West Indies Fund

For an investment of US$150,000, a family of six (6) is eligible to apply for citizenship. The investment amount includes processing and government fees, however customary due diligence fees do apply for each qualified dependent. In addition, one member of the family is entitled to a 1-year scholarship at the University of West Indies. Additional government processing fees are applicable for larger families.




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Updated yearly, the Arton Index is an overall assessment and comparative benchmark of the country and its investment program.

Antigua & Barbuda


Population Growth: 1.23%

24,100 USD

GDP (per capita)

GDP (purchasing power parity)

2.171 billion USD (2016)


Visa free countries


Caribbean, islands between the Caribbean Sea and the North Altantic Ocean, east-southeast of Puerto Rico


Saint John’s




442.6 sq. km.


0-14: 23.36%, 15-24: 17%, 25-54: 42.31%, 55-64: 9.53%, 65+: 7.8%




Protestant: 68.3% (includes Anglican: 17.6%, Seventh Day Adventist: 12.4%, Pentecostal: 12.2%, Moravian: 8.3%, Methodist: 5.6%, Wesleyan Holiness: 4.5%, Church of God: 4.1%, Baptist: 3.6%), Roman Catholic: 8.2%, Other: 12.2%, Unspecified: 5.5%, None: 5.9%


Parliamentary democracy (Parliament) under a constitutional monarchy and Commonwealth realm


East Caribbean dollars (XCD), tied to USD


1 USD = 2.7 XCD (2014)

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